7.28.2017

A Little Cottage for the Girls

I've been looking at little playhouses for our backyard, but I found that all of the ones I like are a little too expensive for us right now (story of my life). On Saturday morning, I was on Nextdoor (it's like facebook for your neighborhood) to look at some messages and someone posted a curb alert for a playhouse.  They didn't immediately post pictures so I was thinking it was probably one of those plastic basic houses. A couple of minutes later, I updated the page and saw there was a picture. It was exactly one of the playhouses I'd been looking at!!!  FOR FREE!!! 
Curb alert things go pretty fast, so I knew I had to hustle to be the first one there. My mom was on her way to drop off Cora so I called her and arranged for her to go by and claim the playhouse. She said right after she pulled up and opened her door, another person looking to get it came by. She got there just in time.  It was fate! It took us a bunch of trips, but we got it home.
I spent the next couple of days spraying off the spiderwebs and setting it up (by myself... so proud). I love being able to show her that girls can do things themselves and she even pitched in a little bit here and there. I loved setting it up and picturing my girls playing in there for years to come.  
The plan is to lay out a little paver foundation in the back of our yard so they have their own little space back there. I would love to paint it red like our family cottage, but Cora is leaning towards pink right now so she'll need some convincing. I asked her if she wanted to keep the oven screwed in, or leave the table open so it can be more like a studio... Cora picked studio. Thats my girl! I'll get her help to decorate the inside and we'll have this fun little space for Cora and Ida to call their own. 

7.27.2017

Walks With Cora : Graffiti Tunnel

While Jazz was in town, we headed over to one of our favorite little graffiti places near our old house. Ben and I have been taking walks to check out the art for over five years.  I brought Cora down here on occasion, but it has been a while since we've been down here.  It's always nice to look at all the new work. Cora loved seeing little objects like the painted donut or this squirrel thing.  It was pretty hot, so she was ready to go pretty quickly, but we still had a good time checking out the art.








Ida was along for the ride and seemed to enjoy all of the colors.  Here are a couple with Ida:




7.25.2017

Walks With Cora : Spring Grove

Spring Grove Cemetery is a place I pass pretty often, but hadn't been to since I was younger. I know Jazz likes cemeteries and other old things, so I thought this would be a great place for us to check out. We originally planned on walking the 5K loop, but it was so hot that day that we were both fine with driving and hopping out to walk around here and there. Ida slept in the backpack most of the time. Cora kept loudly asking where the zombies were and if she was stepping on dead people. I did my best to shush her without stifling her excitement for our adventure. Spring Grove is beautiful and it's far larger than I ever realized.











7.24.2017

Friends and Ice Cream

We recently just had our first houseguest! Jazz is finally back from her time in Russia and we could not have been more excited to see her. I took a couple of days off work, we made a list of activities we wanted to do, and I enjoyed catching up. I got to visit a ton of places I hadn't been before and we had ice cream nearly every day... that's what I call a good staycation!

The first morning, we walked to downtown Wyoming and got some donuts from the Pastry shop. We had a little donut picnic in the gazebo and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

The first place we went to was The Cone.  I hadn't heard of The Cone until Jazz suggested it... then a couple days later I was at work with Ben and we passed by. I love the giant building and all of the fun 'touristy' type stuff they have there. We caught up with one of our friends from college and enjoyed some soft serve.



We also headed to Green Man Twist for a small treat.  Cora loves their green man twist kids cone and was very excited to hear that strawberry was the flavor of the week (she's always asking for strawberry ice cream). Ida is also a huge fan of ice cream.

We also went on lots of walks at parks, cemeteries, and just hung around the house catching up (will share more pictures of all our adventures soon). I'm so lucky to have a friend that loves my kids.





The girls weren't always the easiest to deal with, but Jazz took it all in stride and was happy to help carry them, strap them in the carseat, and just hang out when the kids were tired. The girls loved hanging out with Jazz and Cora had to be by her side constantly.  She was the perfect guest and my family loved having her around.

7.20.2017

Walks With Cora : Sharon Woods

Earlier this week, my friend Jazz came to visit and we filled our days with lots of adventure. On her last day in town, we headed to Sharon Woods.  I used to go here pretty often before I had Cora. There is a quiet little trail along a creek and it was close to Ben's work, so I would swing by after I dropped him off and go for a quick hike with Clove.  It was fun bringing Cora back and and remembering all of the times I came up here while I was pregnant.  I don't think I've ever taken her to a creek before, but she loved it so much that we might have to find a couple other places to go play. Cora was hesitant at first, but after a couple of minutes she really got into it and didn't want to get out when it was time to leave. I love adventuring with her.








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